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Incontinent pigeons 1, Kings Of Leon 0

As most OTR readers will know by now, everyone’s favourite inexplicably popular faux-authentic rockers Kings Of Leon ran into a spot of bother at a gig at the weekend. Headlining the (wouldn’t you know?) Live Nation-owned Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in …

Tue, Jul 27, 2010, 14:16

   

As most OTR readers will know by now, everyone’s favourite inexplicably popular faux-authentic rockers Kings Of Leon ran into a spot of bother at a gig at the weekend. Headlining the (wouldn’t you know?) Live Nation-owned Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St Louis, the Kings were forced to curtail their set after three songs when pigeons in the rafters of the venue decided to poo on the band.

Obviously many people have similar feelings when they hear the band’s music and news of such direct action has sprouted wings. There has been a lot of follow-up pieces – Oliver Crowe from support band The Stills has his say, including the line “I bent over to do, like, a shoegazer move, and I felt something very substantial on the back of my head and down my back” – as the shit continues to hit the fan. That’s two pretty darn terrible puns in one paragraph.

Naturally, the blame game immediately began in earnest with the band blaming the venue (“don’t take it out on Jared, it’s the fucking venues fault. You may enjoy being shit on but we don’t” tweeted band drummer Nathan Followill) and the venue issuing refunds.

However, the venue claims that the band had been warned about this earlier in the day (apparently, there has been “a significant pigeon infestation problem” with summer shows at the venue) and obviously other bands have taken on the pigeons and not left the stage after three songs. Indeed, there was also an incident at the venue at a recent Tom Petty show when Heartbreakers’ guitarist Mike Campbell had to helped offstage due to dehydration but no-one is blaming the pigeons for that one. It really does seem as if the Kings Of Leon were well and truly given the bird.

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